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Bamboo and Drapery – Brockschmidt & Coleman Colorway

American (Boston), circa 1811-1817

This pattern is licensed to Adelphi Paper Hangings by Historic New England.


Adelphi Paper Hangings asked designers Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman from Brockschmidt & Coleman to create custom colorways for five historical wallpapers.  Read more about Brockschmidt & Coleman and what inspired them to create the colorways. 

Bamboo and Drapery was printed by Moses Grant Jr., a highly successful Boston manufacturer. His papers have been identified in Charleston and Philadelphia as well as in New England, indicating a well developed distribution network. Grant offered a wide range of patterns including the latest fashions from France.

This pattern combines two very popular design motifs of the early 19th century. The first is the somewhat abstract, geometric “Harlequin” fashion popularized by the French around 1800. Copying French styles, American paperstainers printed many of these patterns from 1800-1820. The harlequin effect is achieved by splitting a motif symmetrically, in this case the leaves, and printing each half with contrasting colors.

The second motif is a drapery, a style that was at the height of fashion from about 1790-1820. (There is an invoice from 1793 indicating that Jefferson ordered several drapery patterns from a Parisian printer, though no evidence of them has been uncovered at Monticello.)

This pattern reproduction is based on wallpaper found in the Jackson House in Plymouth, Massachusetts, now in the collection of Historic New England. HNE collections also contain other versions from the Longfellow House in Portland, ME; the Corwin House (now called the Witch House) in Salem, MA; the first Harrison Gray Otis House in Boston; and the Moses-Pierce-Hitchborn House in Boston, located next to the Paul Revere house. Some of these were printed with fewer colors and one (an incomplete sample) boasts two additional colors.

For historic installations this paper should be hung either with a narrow border around all margins or else with a combination of a broad festoon type frieze and narrow borders to trim the other margins. For contemporary setting borders are optional.

Imperial Measurements: Repeat 21 ⅜ inches, width 21 ⅜ inches, length 11 yards, straight match.

Metric Measurements: 54.3 cm, 54.3 cm, 10 m.



Samples are available for all Adelphi Paper Hangings patterns. Standard pattern samples are 12 inches by 23 inches and are available for $15. for each pattern. Small samples, business envelope size, are available on request, at no charge (limited to 10 per customer).

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Pattern Reproduction

Color choices for our patterns are not limited to those shown.

All Adelphi patterns can be custom colored to better acknowledge the paper's context. Additional lead time is required for all custom work.

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